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Save the Date! Path to Prevention of LUTS Workshop
May 3 – 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
The goal of this workshop is to provide a scientific background that can inform research to identify and establish modifiable risk factors for LUTS in women and help lay the foundation for future prevention studies. See the event flyer for details. A registration link for meeting will be available on the NIDDK website.
The NIDDK-sponsored workshop "Path to Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) in Women: Bladder Health" will bring together medical, nursing, physical therapy, patient education, behavior change, epidemiology, public health, and prevention experts in a scientific workshop framed around defining bladder health as a first step along the path of exploring the potential role of prevention efforts to reduce the impact of LUTS on women.
For meeting inquiries, please contact Dr. Tamara Bavendam, Program Director for Women's Urology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts relevant to bladder health and prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms and conditions will be accepted until April 15. Please send abstracts to Dr. Tamara Bavendam at: email@example.com.
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Submit your feedback for the reVITALize Gynecology Data Definitions Initiative
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is actively leading the reVITALize Gynecology Data Definitions Initiative to standardize the language used across women's health care. To kick-off this work, the Initiative convened a national stakeholder conference in December 2013. The conference brought together over 60 leaders in women's health care, including representatives from AUGS, as well as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and many others.
As a result of collaborative efforts at the December 2013 reVITALize Gynecology National Stakeholder Conference, over 100 proposed data element definitions will be available for review and open Public Comment from April 2 to June 4. While a great deal of work has already been accomplished, input from the membership of AUGS is critical for ensuring widespread acceptance and success.
During this period of open Public Comment we invite all interested stakeholders to review the proposed definitions and provide feedback. This feedback will directly shape the final definitions; therefore it is critical that we engage as many stakeholders as possible.
For more information, download the flyer. To review the definitions and submit comments,
visit the reVITALize Gynecology webpage at: www.acog.org/reVITALize.
Save the date — Registration for the AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting opens April 11
Attend the AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting and join the largest venue for those in the field of urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery to come together for education, networking and sharing.
Registration opens on April 11, so be sure to register early to save! As the meeting nears, we will add more information to the website as it becomes available. Be sure to return frequently for updates.
Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and Physician Payment Update
On March 31, 2014, the Senate passed H.R. 4302, the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,"
which postpones the imminent 24 percent Medicare physician payment cut for 12 months, until
April 1, 2015. Although many Senators spoke against passing this 17th
Medicare payment patch, the
Senate vote was 64 to 35. (Sixty votes were needed for passage.) The House passed an identical
version of the bill by voice vote on March 27, and President Obama signed the legislation into law
on April 1st. CMS can now move forward with implementation.
Pelvic floor disorders and multiple sclerosis: Are patients satisfied with their care?
International Journal of MS Care
Despite recent efforts to educate multiple sclerosis health-care providers about the importance of pelvic floor disorders, no data are currently available to assess outcomes of these efforts in terms of patient satisfaction. Methods: As part of the fall 2010 North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis survey, we conducted a prospective, survey-based cohort study (N = 14,268) to evaluate patient satisfaction with the current evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy and prolapse: A multiprocedural concept
Today, laparoscopic intrafascial hysterectomy and laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy are well-accepted techniques. With our multimodal concept of laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign indications, preservation of the pelvic floor as well as reconstruction of pelvic floor structures and pre-existing prolapse situations can be achieved.
Improving the clinical prediction of detrusor overactivity by utilizing additional symptoms and signs to overactive bladder symptoms alone.
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
One thousand one hundred and forty women attending for their initial urogynecological assessment, including urodynamics, due to symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, underwent a comprehensive clinical and urodynamic assessment. Multivariate logistic regression analysis of a wide range of clinical parameters was used in order to determine a model of factors most accurately predicting the urodynamic diagnosis of DO. Data were separated according to women without DO; women with DO. The analysis involved the stepwise building of an optimal clinical model for predicting DO.
Dyspareunia and pelvic floor muscle function before and during pregnancy and after childbirth
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
There is limited knowledge on dyspareunia during pregnancy and postpartum and the role of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) in women with dyspareunia. Aims of the study were to investigate the presence of dyspareunia before and during pregnancy and postpartum, and to compare vaginal resting pressure (VRP), PFM strength, and endurance between women with and those without dyspareunia. It was hypothesized that there is no difference in PFM variables between women with and those without dyspareunia.
Coccydynia: An overview of the anatomy, etiology and treatment of coccyx pain
Ochsner Journal via PubMed
Despite its small size, the coccyx has several important functions. Along with being the insertion site for multiple muscles, ligaments, and tendons, it also serves as one leg of the tripod-along with the ischial tuberosities-that provides weight-bearing support to a person in the seated position. The incidence of coccydynia has not been reported, but factors associated with increased risk of developing coccydynia include obesity and female gender.
TUFS tool useful for assessing storage symptoms in OAB
The total urgency and frequency score is a useful tool for assessing changes in major storage symptoms in patients with overactive bladder, researchers believe.
In a review article published in BJU International, Christopher Chapple and colleagues say that the TUFS tracks changes in patient-reported symptoms and correlates with several health-related quality-of-life variables.
Urinary incontinence in older women raises depression risk
Renal and Urology News via Obstetrics & Gynecology
Older women with urinary incontinence may be at increased risk for depression and work disability, according to research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Kristin J. Hung, M.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues analyzed data for 4,511 women, aged 54 to 65 years at baseline in 1996, from the Health and Retirement Study cohort to assess urinary incontinence and its association with probable depression, work disability, and workforce exit.
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